You're unlikely to find a major American city with darker nights than Detroit. Yes, the ancient streetlight system is undergoing a major overhaul, but it's porch lamps, headlights, and glowing businesses that truly keep cities aglow after dark. In many parts of the city, these are still in short supply. These postcards depict nighttime in the bustling Detroit of yesteryear when streetcars, passenger ships, and the Guardian Building's giant searchlight illuminated the city in ways we're unlikely to ever see again.
Beverley Olson Buller said it was her dad, the late Dr. Bob Olson, who started her mother Loyette on her hobby of collecting postcards. By the time Loyette died in February 2014, she had collected hundreds, probably thousands, of postcards. Now Buller, a Newton resident raised in Winfield with her sister Mary Olson Beach, has just published a book of Loyette’s postcards, “Winfield,” one of the Postcard History Series from Arcadia Publishing.
Whatever the architecture blogs think, Miami did not discover great architecture just in the last ten to twenty years. We may not have always had Rem Koolhaas (although Rem's been connected to this town longer than you'd think), but we've always had beautiful environments, and outstanding buildings. Just look at these postcards of Miami and Miami Beach though the decades, from the Wolfsonian Museum's archives.
Fred Eckhardt hails from Boyd and his postcards help him keep the good old days alive. He’s been collecting for 40 years. Eckhardt is on a quest to get a card from every town in Minnesota and South Dakota- that means stops at garage sales during his cross-country trips. It was during one of those stops at an Illinois farm nearly 30 years ago, that he found something unusual. “And then I saw these two cards. I don’t know anything about baseball cards. I asked the lady at the farm- how much? She said $5. I said, I’ll take a chance."